As a citizen of DuPont watching the debate on the proposed settlement agreement and potential for additional gravel mining, I am dismayed by the lack of civility in the public discourse.
When I learned of potential harm to our environment I opposed the agreement, however I chose to educate myself and maintain an open mind. I read the agreement, attended public hearings, engaged elected and environmental leaders and toured CalPort’s facility. I do not believe the city, county, state, federal government, Nisqually Tribe and various environmental groups are part of a conspiracy and in the pockets of CalPort.
I remain, however, a skeptic because I am not a hydrologist, geologist or expert in related fields and know that there are no guarantees in life and predictions can fail catastrophically. I believe in strong processes and subscribe to Reagan’s axiom, “Trust but verify.”
What I have seen is a methodical process that could lead to mining in the north and south parcels. The process gives me confidence that no mining can occur without assurances that there will be no impact to our drinking water and that the Sequalitchew Creek, marshes and lake will eventually be restored to a habitat we do not enjoy today.
I have close, respected friends who oppose this agreement; we disagree, but do so civilly. I support the agreement and urge our City Council to do the same.